FORMER NSW rugby league skipper Ben Elias says Origin-appointed referee Paul Simpkins will be a liability for the Blues at next Wednesday's series opener at Brisbane.
PENRITH was reeling from what it believed to be a State of Origin snub from both NSW and Queensland rugby league selectors.
PAUL Simpkins has been appointed to referee the first State of Origin match at Suncorp Stadium on May 25.
THE term ?mate-ship is bandied about the breadth of this sunburned county of ours; a term that invokes passion and pride, exemplified by the ideals of the ANZAC tradition we honour once a year.
FLICK on the television during Friday Night Football and you?ll hear it. Tune into Fox?s weekend coverage of the NRL and unless Laurie Daley further mangles the English language, you?ll probably hear it there too. You can?t escape it.
COME along and celebrate the 90th anniversary of Queensland?s oldest rugby league club.
NORTHS v BURLEIGH
Bishop Park, 2pm Saturday, May 21.
RUGBY League viewers from all over Australia now have the opportunity to watch the Queensland Wizard Cup.
ROUND 10 of the H Jersey Flegg Competition saw us come up against the North Sydney Bears.
MALTA rugby league international Paul Marzella has been named in Malta?s rugby union squad to contest Malta?s upcoming Rugby Union World Cup Qualifiers where Malta will meet Denmark in a home and away series as part of Malta?s RWC qualifying route.
NEW Zealand coach Daniel Anderson was on Wednesday appointed as the new head coach of English Super League side St Helens.
FRIDAY, 20th May 2005
MORE people are attending games than ever before, membership revenue is above that of previous years and the team is exceeding last year?s performance. The vibes emanating from the Melbourne Storm are particularly positive since the former CEO of the St. Kilda Football Club, Brian Waldron, switched football codes to guide the Storm through choppy waters.
RABBITOHS captain Bryan Fletcher has inked a two-year deal with English Super League club the Wigan Warriors, starting next season.
MANLY coach Des Hasler has been rewarded with a new three-year contract following the Sea Eagles flying start to the 2005 NRL season. The new deal will see Hasler remain at Brookvale until the end of the 2008 season.